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6:34 PM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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NOCATEE, Fla. -- A homeowner in the St. Johns County neighborhood of Nocatee is worried his home could be swallowed by a sinkhole.

Now, engineers are drilling the earth's soil to see if there is potential for this house to be swallowed into the earth.
Now, he said, he wants to move out as quickly as possible.
There are two levels of sinkhole insurance. If you have homeowners insurance, you are automatically covered if your entire home is swallowed by a sinkhole and declared a "catrastrophic ground cover collapse."

But, if there is only partial destruction- you aren't covered. This is why people choose to buy comprehensive sinkhole insurance that could cost you up to $400 a year.

About 35 to 40 percent of the entire United States is susceptible to dangerous sinkholes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Particularly vulnerable, as you might guess, is Florida.
Helicon Foundation Repair has some steps to avoid sinkholes:

-Redirect your water

-Treat underground limestone

-Sinkholes form when rainwater dissolves limestone under the soil so it's important to treat it

-Avoid construction on wetlands

-Recycle gray water run-off

The Nocatee homeowner is waiting for test results to come back to find out whether or not his home is sinking.

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